Lynchburg, Va. (Nov. 18, 2009) — Liberty University Online has announced the launch of its online video contest in an effort to create a sense of community for its online students. The contest, called "Your 24," challenges current online students to create videos they feel represent the online and distance education experience at Liberty University.
With a diverse student population, Liberty students log in from America’s kitchen tables and coffee houses, and military bases and mission fields around the world.
As online learning continues to transform higher education, distance education and online schools can struggle to create a sense of community for their distance learners. "Your 24" bridges that gap as students capture a day in the life of a Liberty University Online student in a creative way.
Winning videos will be selected Dec. 14 based on creativity, technical merit and the ability to convey the Liberty message. First prize is a one-semester scholarship worth up to $4,740. Second prize is a one-class scholarship worth up to $1,320. Third prize is a one-semester book voucher worth up to $500.
“Online learning can be an immersing experience, and it’s also a personal one,” said John Donges, executive director of Liberty University Online. “Building an online community is paramount to Liberty, which seeks to engage students and build a sense of family regardless of their location.”
Liberty’s video contest is just one more way that the school is building its virtual community in addition to its presence on various social media websites.
The “Your 24” video channel is now available on Tangle, an online community for Christians, at http://www.tangle.com/your24. New videos will be added to the site continually throughout the contest, which concludes Dec. 1.
About Liberty University Online
Established in 1971, Liberty University pioneered distance education in 1985, and is now the largest and fastest growing Christian university in the world. Today, Liberty University Online hosts more than 39,000 distance learners and has the highest retention and graduation rates among top online universities. Liberty offers more than 40 accredited degree programs, from associate to doctoral, and 90 areas of specialization, all taught from a Christian perspective. For more information, visit www.luonline.com, or call (800) 424-9595.